The Semantic Web Austin group was founded by Juan Sequeda and John De Oliveira in early 2008. Since then, the group has bootstrapped its way close to 100 members, hosted numerous events including the first US Linked Data Tutorial by Tom Heath from Talis, the first US VoCamp, a Yahoo Search Monkey tutorial by Peter Mika and attracted international attention. In 2009, SWA partnered with the Austin Technology Incubator and Yahoo! to catalyze the Austin community around this emerging technology space. At the moment we are in the process of becoming a 501(c) Non-profit. Specifically, Semantic Web Austin’s goals are to:

  • Create and apply leading edge knowledge
  • Position Austin as the leader in the semantic web technology space
  • Be recognized as the go-to-place for technology breakthroughs
  • Bellwether for start ups and business applications
  • Retain, attract, and home-grow leading semantic web talent -both technical and business
  • Create a sustaining, self managing community of semantic web technical, business and investment professionals

The long term vision for the group is to build an ecosystem where members, industry, academia, and start ups work collaboratively to achieve the goals. At the core of the ecosystem are Semantic Web Austin’s members who will be provided with constant opportunities to gain new knowledge, apply their skills to solve real-world problems, participate in cutting edge research, and to create or work with early stage companies. These interactions will also be supported by a marketing and PR capability and through close interaction with investment professionals (e.g., angels, VCs and corporate investment groups).

With RDFa support in core, Drupal 7 introduces new possibilities for website owners to publish structured semantic data on the Web. With the addition of modules like RDF Extensions, it becomes possible to customize the data you want to publish as RDF, and describe the structured of your data so that other applications can reuse it. The SPARQL and SPARQL Views modules allow to reuse and combine Linked Data from elsewhere on the Web to purpose it for your application.

In this full day tutorial (lunch included!), you will be able to get hands-on with Drupal 7 and it’s semantic capabilities. For more information, check out the following tutorial:

The Semantic Web, Linked Data and Drupal, Part 1: Expose your data using RDF
The Semantic Web, Linked Data and Drupal, Part 2: Combine linked datasets with Drupal 7 and SPARQL Views

About the speaker

Stephane Corlosquet has been the main driving force in incorporating Semantic Web capabilities into the core of the Drupal Content Management System. He has contributed to Drupal 6 and is one of the top 30 contributors to Drupal 7 core. He is the maintainer the RDF module in Drupal 7, and is a member of the Drupal security team. Since joining the community in 2005, he has been a speaker at many DrupalCons and DrupalCamps, mostly on the topic of RDF and Drupal.